PULP : art party 2019 celebrates reclaimed materials with an installation art exhibit made entirely out of discarded items. One person’s trash is an artists treasure, there’s a way to think about sustainability. Here are some of the installations coming to PULP : art party 2019:
Adaptable Atmosphere (DIY mood room) by Jazmine Yerbury
Semi-translucent walls of coloured light on wheels, each of a different colour, can be moved around to create new spaces. Each wall contains dozens of LEDs (light-emitting-diode) of the same colour, when put side by side or made into an enclosed space, the brightness of the coloured walls creates a distinct mood based on the feeling evoked by each colour. The installation is flexible in terms of dimensions, and can be clustered together as a group or eventually scattered throughout the event space. The idea is to place them near the dancefloor to get people moving and create a playful sense of drama within that space.
The materials used to create the installation are from leftover materials from past artworks or projects. Giving the LEDs a new temporary home allows their light to glow again. The movable walls of coloured light allow for an ever-changing reconstruction of the space created by them. They allow participants to create their own environment, to participate in mutating the space they are engaged in, which can be used as a way of avoiding social interaction or spontaneously creating collective action.
Giant Interactive Comic Book by Tanya Decarie
Entertwined by Mona Dai and Evan Brock (BD Studio)
Entertwined forms an arboreal passage to the entrance of the 2019 Pulp Paper Art Party. Composed of paper cut into strips and twisted into ropes, the installation explores the material’s fibrous qualities. These ropes unravel into their constituent strands at the base of the installation, evoking branches or roots, and thicken into unified trunks above. Intertwined into a series of hanging arches, organic in appearance, Entertwined invites visitors to explore the fantasy of the party beyond.
Ripple Effect by Natalia Bakaeva and Xiao Sunny Li
The art installation is a composition of re-purposed cardboard tubes that create a formation of extruded circles. Each element exists in symbiosis with its surroundings, producing “Ripple Effect”. A structure of 5’x 5’ in size is suspended from space within the opening of the existing skylight, creating a gathering place under it, for viewers to look up and explore generated “landscape”.
This installation is a representation of the module that could be endlessly repeated and serves as a multiplier, another meaning of “Ripple Effect”. Floodlights, likely in a red or purple tone, illuminating it from above will aid the visual impact of the piece.
The cardboard tubes are donated by various entities, such as architectural offices, printing shops, households, etc. They are reused in a new way to create an overhead installation that is hanging on fishing lines which makes it a stand-alone floating object. Fasteners are repurposed from previous artworks.
Adhacks by Stephanie Avery
Stephanie Avery uses salvaged magazine ads as her canvas, painting her own whimsical additions directly onto their pages to shift their content from being manipulative and insidious to hilarious and absurd. And she wants you to do the same!
With her ongoing ‘Adhack’ series, Stephanie critiques the nefarious aspects of consumer culture by making a mockery of one of it’s biggest tools: advertisements. Her additions co-opt their original narratives, disengaging viewers with humour while revealing how absurd advertisements are (even without the alterations). Ads are truly absurd and it is ridiculous that they wield such influence over us, both as individuals and as a culture. Laughter has the power to disarm them and inspire us to see all ads through this lens of humour and absurdity.
Join Stephanie to create your very own adhacks.
Recycled Quilt by Lynn Mona
I have attached a drawing of the two quilts that I would like to create for the January 12th Art Party. These two quilts would be made from recycled African Print material that comes from offcuts of fabric I’ve used to create accessories for my clothing line as well as recycled fabric from clothing I no longer wear.
The combination is meant to embody the contemporanéité of the modern black woman. As well connected as the woman sitting next to her in the subway, the office and network but in touch with her heritage.
The two quilts will be 45” x 60” and will be displayed flat on the ground.
Sky-scrapper by Daemon K Retren and Hillary Predko
Sky-scrapper is an interactive pre-installation, which is brought to realization by the participants of Pulp Party. Pre-cut and drilled geometric shapes made of scrap wood are provided for a playful sandbox experience. Participants can clip lights to their towers, illuminating the work and drawing in others like a campfire. The wood has been reclaimed from furniture, local trees, disassembled pianos, and more. Donated screws and screwdrivers fasten pieces as they grow upward and outward. Building techniques and forms are discovered and passed from participant to participant. Mechanisms might be invented from the pivoting wood-pieces. Some sections may be taken down and re-appropriated. There are no rules.
Fated Forest by Alisha Sunderji and Brianna Smrke (A_B Collective)
“Fated Forest” invites participants to sift through old National Geographic magazines and add to a hanging, kaleidoscopic forest of mini-collages. Each floating leaf in the forest will capture different views of the past, present or future of someone’s life or the state of the world.
Participants will be given three postcard-sized sheets – one for the past, present and future, as well as a few stencils/cut-outs (human figure, world, heart, among others) for tracing and cutting. They will be instructed to fill the stencils with images from the magazine cut-outs, and on the back of each postcard, write a few sentences or words explaining their imagery. Participants can take a photo with their completed triptych, after which each postcard will be mounted on strings, or “vines” dangling from the ceiling. Postcards will be mounted on strings based on their snapshot of time – creating a chronological forest of people’s thoughts on the past, present and future.
Bucky’s DNA by Ron Wild and David Brown
Tensegrity is a term invented by the legendary Buckminster Fuller combining ‘tensile + integrity’. Our 3-strut Tensegrity structure is made of large cardboard tubes from the dumpster behind a carpet store. It is wrapped with a DNA-like string of salvaged cardboard fabric tubes, connected and illuminated by wires of repurposed Christmas tree lights. Bucky’s creativity is passed on through the DNA of this PULP project.
I Will, I Wish by Lani Burshtein
Mixed media with projection on wall
I Will, I Wish is an interactive art installation that invites participants to engage in play-based brainstorming about ways of interacting with and protecting the natural environment. Grade 5 and 6 students at an arts-based elementary school, who responded to a lesson on environmental protection by writing down ways both children and adults can act as responsible caretakers of the environment, generated this collaborative effort. Viewers of I Will, I Wish are offered an assortment of cut paper images, along with acetate and erasable markers, to create spontaneous collages that respond to the students’ thoughts on environmental stewardship. Materials used in this project reference classrooms and school supplies, a means of connecting adult viewers to the student contributors, and inviting reflection on the young people who are most affected by climate change and overconsumption. All materials used in this project are recycled or secondhand.
Paper Poppers by Nancy Nguyen
Paying homage to the old art of folding paper, this project focuses on the making of playful origami objects. Paper Poppers are assembled from folded pieces of paper modules. Each popper is comprised of 12 pieces that are folded and linked together to form its ball-like shape.
Threaded Vortex by Tamara Navarrete
Our threads can tell stories of who we are and who we want to be. Different clothing pieces can make up a wardrobe, allowing us to express our innermost. This installation aims to send our threads in a vortex to the sky, allowing us to see clothing creating a different shape than on our bodies – while still completely surrounding us. What if all of our clothing pieces connected together to create something bigger? Can clothing be expressive without a physical body? All the clothing used in this piece can be worn again and allows us to see our threads in a new light.
What are you wearing tonight?
Cardboard Cathedra by Jason Bond
The Cardboard Cathedra will be a raised seat, supporting one guest, constructed from cardboard delivery boxes. It represents the sense of empowerment in our ability to order any item online and have it brought to our door within days, as well as reminding us of the resources used to provide that service. I personally order many things online, and the cardboard for this project will come at least in part from the stacks of delivery boxes which haven’t yet made it to my recycling bin.
The exact design of the cathedra is in flux, but so far I’ve constructed a (somewhat fugly) prototype seat to test its ability to support weight, and a couple scale model made from cardstock to test designs which slot together, using little or no glue.
Finite People, Infinite Posts By Lindsay Bertolo & Julianna Conforti
Photo-booth piece. Medium: Recycled TTC maps, recycled office paper.
Playing with the notion of own finiteness and the infiniteness of the internet, “Finite People, Infinite Posts” is the celebration of the mutability and impermanence of our everyday, dressed-up, existence. Everything is temporary and that will never change. Everything is temporary, yet ‘temporary’ could last a very long time. So why not Facebook it while we can still have some fun? Nothing lasts forever… until you post it on internet…
Each piece in the ‘collection’ encompasses the most infinite shape -the circle, crafted out of the most finite of materials-paper. Similarly, each person in this ‘collective’ encompasses the most infinite of mediums – the soul, yet is crafted out of the most finite of materials-the body. Each piece in the ‘collection’ and ‘collective’ was not designed to last; they were meant to be ‘liked’; they were meant to be ‘loved’.
The intention is to be ‘tried on’, ‘tested out’, ‘taken off’, ‘desired’, ‘let go of’, ‘photographed’ and then ‘forgotten’; transforming the finite ‘temporary thrill’ into the infinite through a hashtag.
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